Rumor: Pokémon & Mario Join Zelda For NX Launch Window

The UK site, MCV, has posted an article today claiming that Nintendo is preparing some of its hottest properties for the launch window of NX (the first six months on store shelves). That would mean that between March and September of 2017, Nintendo’s new platform will see games in the Pokémon and Mario series as well as the already announced and much-anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Mario does seem like a likely candidate for a September release as it’s been a few years since Super Mario 3D World released on the Wii U. Plus, Mr. Miyamoto hinted that the next Mario could be playable at next year’s E3 show, which would suit the timeline perfectly. Plus, there have been rumors that perhaps an enhanced port of Super Mario Maker could make its way to the NX, but that’s a whole other question mark box full of craziness, so who knows.

Pokémon seems less likely for a number of reasons. First of all, both Sun and Moon will have just released a few months prior to the NX launch. Second, Game Freak tends take a slow approach to new Nintendo hardware. Granted, if Nintendo is pushing them to create another Pokémon title for the device, then it will undoubtedly happen, but it seems more sketchy than a Mario game. Of course, we could see a third version (maybe Pokémon Earth?) of the new series hop on over to the new platform. That seems much more plausible than an entirely new game.

According to MCV, Nintendo has been busy acquiring third party licensees. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess that those that were present for the 3DS or Wii U will be back on board, especially the gaming studios in Japan. Expect to see Sega, Capcom, Square Enix, and Atlus making games for the new system. In addition, western third parties like Ubisoft, Activision, and WB should have games ready. The real hurdle is securing publishers like EA and Take Two.

According to MCV’s sources, the NX is going to match the leak that Eurogamer posted last week. In other words, it will be a handheld machine that will be able to hook up to a television. The graphics are expected to land somewhere between a PS3 and a PS4 and apparently Nintendo is “targeting an audience that sits between smartphone gamers and the more hardcore users of PS4 and Xbox One.” So, Nintendo’s targeting everybody then?

As always, take these rumors with a hefty amount of skepticism. I believe there is some truth to them, but how much is accurate and how much is speculation remains to be seen. Nintendo has scheduled the NX to release in March of 2017. If Eurogamer’s sources are correct, we expect Nintendo to officially show off the NX next month.

[Source: MCV]

Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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